This year’s New Designers and New Blood art exhibitions in the U.K. highlighted the strongest of emerging print and graphic talent. The graduate students participating this year offered some phenomenal works of art that fellow artists and even fashion designers can use as new inspiration whether it be for technological graphic design or apparel print and pattern making.
D&AD presented their annual New Blood exhibition that showcases the best graduates in graphic design, visual communication, advertising and other commercial creative arts. It was held on July 1-4 at The Old Truman Brewery in London.
New Designers Part 1 & 2 displayed the U.K.’s most impressive student designs for their 26th annual edition. More than 3,500 of the brightest and most creative talents from Britain’s leading design schools gathered at the Business Design Center in London. The New Designers exhibition presented architecture, animation, furniture, fashion, glasswork and graphics.
Throughout both art exhibitions, there was a melting pot of emerging graduates prepared to impress and begin their careers. Their work highlighting textile prints and graphics focused on structured artwork, artisan garden imagery, abstract art, patterns, surface illustrations, 3D visuals and even product packaging. Four types of work stood out during both exhibitions.
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First, structured works of art and drawings featured elements of overprinting, fragmented effects, data- and pixel-like mapping, linear grid forms, blue-prints and even the exploration of origami structure. Colors focused on all black, white and grey themes with pops of color or color-only art with monochromatic hues.
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Very elaborate artisan garden-themed work stood out because of the intricacy and attention paid to forming such realistic-looking flowers and plants. Paintings, wallpapers, scrolls and large canvases displayed a wide array of garden blooms, flower fields, birds, silhouetted statements of petals and stems and even dried flower elements.
The power of patterns was in full effect as fun and eye-catching works of art popped. These pieces seemed to come alive with the bold pattern mixes, stark contrast effects, stained-glass and paper-cut visuals. Coloring was prominently black and white with mixes of pastel blues, purples, oranges and more vivid colors underneath the stained-glass and paper-cut work.
Animals were another theme portrayed throughout the art exhibitions. These illustrations featured single animals or groups of animals that made a natural statement. There were detailed line drawings of feathers and fur, hand drawings and doodles that bestowed a quirky touch to the characters and animal motifs with bold silhouettes.